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Anonymous9 February, 2011 2:12 pm
I have two kids and it's a real stretch to support them on our two nursing salaries in London. And we don't go on holiday or have fancy tastes.
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Anonymous9 February, 2011 2:19 pm
abroad I earned quite a lot more as a nurse full-time on a general medical ward than my father as a consultant whole time in the NHS and head of a department of over 30 staff members. Luckily he wasn't finance driven, had enough to live modestly on and found it amusing, given the huge gap between his training, knowledge and experence and mine!
Anonymous9 February, 2011 2:20 pm
I work for the private sector and our pay is less than NHS.
It seems nurses always get a raw deal. Maybe i should of been a train driver the pay is definitely better!
Anonymous9 February, 2011 2:31 pm
With both our pay we just about manage to pay mortage and bills and have to think carefully about social activities. a slight increase would help but i know some ppl are worse of then we are so i can not complain
Anonymous9 February, 2011 4:16 pm
my next door neighbour is a retired train driver over 80 years old, great pension which allows him several holidays including cruises a year, has just sold his chalet in the alps, drives eveywhere in his car, has a new girlfriend around his own age or maybe a bit younger, as he is a widowder, has two caring daughters and grandchildren. he really enjoyed his job and its solitude (when in the cab you are your own boss). drove the old steam engines in his youth and the new high speed trains just before retirement so had plenty of variety throughout his long career and had no feelings of guilt, as happens to most train drivers once in their careers, when somebody threw themselves under his engine because he knew that there was nothing he could do to stop a train at such a short distance and also it was done through choice, no matter how desperate the poor victim.
Anonymous10 February, 2011 2:20 am
I worked in ICU here in central london as full time and with just our basic salary, there's no way we can pay the mortgage and bills and I have 2 kids. So in order to survive, we need to do a lot of extra shifts so can have extra cash but just disappointing too because taxman will just get it back.
Christy Barrera-Mahilum10 February, 2011 4:07 am
In order to survive life in London as a full time nurse with kids and mortgage is to work more extra shifts on days off and even on annual leave as pay is not much.
Anonymous10 February, 2011 4:19 am
The basic salary in London as a Band 5 is just enough to pay the mortgage so needs more extra income to pay the bills and support the family. Working in London as nurse can't afford to buy luxury handbags so if you want to have LV or Gucci, needs to work more Bank shifts. Need to buy plasma tele, more bank shifts..that's reality of a nurse's life in London.
Anonymous10 February, 2011 9:43 am
Anonymous | 10-Feb-2011 4:19 am
I am not in London although I am directly north by about 900 miles(estimate) and I am afraid to say that it is the same for us up here. Yes our houses are a cheaper but everything else is on a par, with petrol currently £1.509 a litre. No public transport at shift times, virtually all our food has to be brought in from south. We do not have extra shifts to work so a lot of people to make ends meet have two or three jobs, even working in the fish factories. (this goes for the non nursing staff as well).
Either way both yourselves in London and us up here get a raw deal. That is fact. I just hope the SG follow the Welsh Assembly and keep the increments (I am at the top of mine) and I will support all the NHS Staff in England in their struggle to keep theirs.
Anonymous10 February, 2011 9:55 am
I am not in London, it is not the only place where it is difficult to make ends meet! I am now earning the same as I was 10 years ago, despite the obvious further experience and the extra responsilities I now have.
I work in the private sector, I have given up my nhs pension, it is not worth having. Although I have 20 years experience in nursing, I do not intend to stay in nursing for much longer.
I live in Scotland and it is no better up here!
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